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Cosgrove passes on VA post to remain Cleveland Clinic's CEO
Other morning headlines: Cedar Point to reopen after water main break; Oily substance floats in Summit Lake
by WKSU's AMANDA RABINOWITZ


Morning Edition Host
Amanda Rabinowitz
 
The latest WKSU morning news headlines: 
Cosgrove passes on VA post to remain as Cleveland Clinic's CEO
Cleveland Clinic’s CEO has taken himself out of consideration to head the embattled Veterans Affairs Administration. In a brief statement over the weekend, Toby Cosgrove said he was "humbled and honored” to have been considered. But, he wrote, his commitment remains with the Clinic and its patients. Cosgrove, who turns 74 in July, cited unfinished business at the non-profit hospital system. Cosgrove had been asked by President Obama to consider leading the VA, which is under fire because of delays in patient care and mismanagement.  Cosgrove is a former heart surgeon and veteran who was awarded a Bronze Star for his service in Vietnam. 

Cedar Point to reopen after water main break
Cedar Point will reopen today after it was closed through the weekend because of a water main break. Park officials closed Cedar Point on Saturday after the water main break in the city of Sandusky disrupted its primary water supply. They say a lack of reliable water poses safety risks. Visitors' tickets will be honored on future dates this season. Cedar Point sees more than 3 million visitors a year, making it the most visited amusement park in Ohio.

Oily substance floats in Summit Lake
Crews cleaned up most of a mysterious substance that left an oily film on the water in a canal and lake near downtown Akron. Officials with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources say they're not sure what the substance was or how it got into a section of the Ohio & Erie Canal. Much of the cleanup was wrapped up this past week. The spill was first reported at the beginning of May. A state official says there was no evidence the spill killed any fish or birds.

Traffic camera debate heads to high court his week
The Ohio Supreme Court will hear arguments this week about traffic cameras, though that doesn't signal a stop yet to the growing legal challenges to their use in ticketing motorists for running red lights or speeding. Drivers filed lawsuits last week against two Dayton suburbs, bringing the number of cases against cameras working through courts around the state to at least eight. The state Senate president says he expects legislative action on cameras before the year's end. The Ohio Municipal League has said the case against Toledo's cameras could affect "every Ohioan who drives or owns a vehicle." The justices will hear those arguments Wednesday. And a legal expert says the case goes beyond cameras and is a balance-of-power test between executive and judicial branches.

YSU, OSU and Bowling Green get bomb-sniffing dogs
Three universities are getting bomb-sniffing dogs through a pilot program that officials eventually hope to expand throughout Ohio's state universities. The presentations are Monday at Youngstown State University, Tuesday at Ohio State University and Wednesday at Bowling Green State University. Ohio's public safety director, John Born, says it's part of Gov. John Kasich's plans to strengthen school safety for students ranging from preschool to college age. Born says the dogs can respond to threats and conduct security sweeps for large-scale events, such as athletic games or visits by dignitaries. It costs more than $12,700 to buy each animal and pay for initial training and equipment. Ohio Homeland Security is covering those costs with federal grant money. The universities provide the officers who become the dogs' full-time handlers.

"Mono-mono" twins at home in Orrville
Rare twins who gained international attention after they were photographed holding hands moments after their birth last month are home in time for Father's Day. Jenna and Jillian Thistlethwaite were born sharing the same amniotic sac and placenta May 9 at Akron General Medical Center. After spending nearly a month in the hospital's neonatal intensive care unit, the Beacon Journal reports that the identical twins went home to Orrville on Saturday. The twins' rare birth condition is called "mono mono." Doctors say they occur in about one of every 10,000 pregnancies.

Gas prices down, still above national average 
Prices at the pump are down in Ohio since last week, but the state's prices are still way above the national average. The cost for a gallon of regular gas in Ohio is averaging $3.81 in today’s survey from auto club AAA and its partners. That's 11 cents lower than a week ago. It’s about 7 cents higher than a month ago, but it's 12 cents lower than last year at this time. The national average Tuesday was $3.65 per gallon. That's 2 cents lower than a week ago, and a penny lower than a month ago. Analysts say the higher prices are due to stronger than expected demand and other factors.

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